It Never Rains In California?

Today was a complete rest day. Normally I would go to bed by 9:30, which I did last night, and get up around 4:30, which I did not do today. I slept in until 7:15. It felt wonderful. Then I checked my messages. I find a post on Facebook from the California International Marathon thatContinue reading “It Never Rains In California?”

Eighteen

I have gone from counting down weeks until my marathon to counting down days. Eighteen. Once again perspective is everything. If I had to wait eighteen days for an order from Amazon I would think that is a very long time. Knowing I will be running 26.2 miles in eighteen days seems like it isContinue reading “Eighteen”

Perspective and Success

When I started training for my first marathon 13 years ago I started with absolutely no running base at all. I remember the thrill I had when I ran my first 9 mile training run. I couldn’t believe I was able to run (and walk a bit) that far. As my training progressed, I reachedContinue reading “Perspective and Success”

Surprises For My Long Run

Honesty and truthfulness are two core values I live by. With that said, I can not lie and must say when it came to today’s run, I was dreading it. The weather forecast called for 60% chance of rain and temperatures in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s – wet, humid, ugly day. What wasContinue reading “Surprises For My Long Run”

Endings and Beginnings

Still riding high on such a great experience yesterday, this morning I was up by 7:30 AM to get to the pool and swim. My legs are sore today, a sign I gave all I had in the race yesterday. But my legs were not sore enough to keep me from swimming. I really haven’tContinue reading “Endings and Beginnings”

Akron Road Runner Marathon and Half

My day began with my alarm going off at 3:00 AM – even for me that is early. I thought of my friends on the west coast who were probably just going to bed and here I am getting up to get ready for my race. I had a smoothie for breakfast along with myContinue reading “Akron Road Runner Marathon and Half”

That Pre-Race Feeling

Pre-race nerves are something that does not go away regardless of how many races I have run. I actually thought that my first race after triathlon season wouldn’t be too bad. There are no fears of drowning, getting a flat tire, or crashing my bike. All I have to do is run. So much forContinue reading “That Pre-Race Feeling”

A Detour to Drive 56 Extra Miles

This morning I made it outside for a twenty minute run before breakfast. It was so invigorating. The ground was damp from the rain over night, but the skies had cleared and the temperature was just under 60 degrees. Perfect for a quick easy run – my last run before the half marathon on Saturday.Continue reading “A Detour to Drive 56 Extra Miles”

Peaceful Day

Is it really possible to not have a care in the world? Probably not, but today sure was close. I actually almost feel guilty for being so relaxed. Quite a sad revelation. I came here to relax, that is what I am doing. So I will also commit to relaxing guilt free. Of course IContinue reading “Peaceful Day”

Kayaking, Running, and Swimming All Wrapped Up

For me, waking at 6:30 is sleeping in – just what I did this morning. After getting a few things together I headed down for breakfast and then out to the docks. It was still in the upper 40’s when I got to the little lake here to go kayaking. I had on layers, soContinue reading “Kayaking, Running, and Swimming All Wrapped Up”